Ledger Lines – Reading Music Lesson #19

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Ledger lines are the small horizontal lines found above and below the music staff.

The purpose is to extend the staff either higher or lower.

ledger lines

Notes are placed on these little lines (or in between) giving us an even bigger range of sound.


Before someone came up with the idea of ledger lines, the clef sign would just move around in order to keep as many notes on the staff as possible.

This means the notes would change continually too.  What a pain and a mess to keep track of!

So, the best solution was to keep the clef sign in one spot and just add-on the notes above and below the staff using ledger lines.

In the next lesson, we’ll take a look at some treble clef ledger lines.

Ledger Line Music Note Flashcards

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